Inquiry

(Pictured: former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor. Credit: Collins)

By Gerard Cunningham

Former garda press officer Supt David Taylor has said he was not fixated on former garda commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan and her husband when he was investigated for media leaks, and did not make a protected disclosure in order to undermine her, the Charleton tribunal has been told.

The tribunal is examining allegations by Supt Taylor that he was directed by former garda commissioner Martin Callinan to brief the media negatively on whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe, and that his then deputy commissioner Ms O’Sullivan was aware of the campaign. Both Mr ….read more

(Pictured: Former garda press officer Superintendent David Taylor. Credit: Collins)

By Gerard Cunningham

A former garda press officer has denied telling journalists that there was “no smoke without fire” in an historical allegation of sexual assault against garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe.

The Charleton tribunal is examining allegations by former garda press officer Supt David Taylor that he was directed by former garda commissioner Martin Callinan to brief the media negatively on Sgt McCabe. Mr Callinan denies this.

Supt Taylor has told the tribunal that he was directed to mention to journalists an allegation of sexual assault made in 2006 against Sgt McCabe. The ….read more

By Liz Farsaci

A male nurse who contacted a female patient on Whatsapp and Facebook was today found guilty of professional misconduct.

Gilbert Hategekimana was working as an agency nurse at the Mater hospital in Dublin on October 3, 2015 when the student teacher presented at the hospital’s Emergency Department.

During the Nursing and Midwifery Board’s fitness to practice inquiry Mr Hategekimana admitted that he took the mobile phone number and address of the student from her patient file. He then sent her messages, rang her and sent her a friend request via Facebook.

Mr Hategekimana was also found guilty of non-compliance with the ….read more

(Pictured: Mr Justice Peter Charleton. Credit: Collins)

By Gerard Cunningham

The chairman of the Charleton tribunal has said he was “not impressed with the notion” that the onus was on a social worker to follow up when she did not receive a reply from a senior garda to a query about allegations of sexual abuse.

The tribunal is examining claims that allegations of sexual abuse were used as part of a campaign to smear and undermine the reputation of Sgt McCabe.

The tribunal, chaired by Mr Justice Peter Charleton, heard that HSE social work team leader Keara McGlone had written to Supt Noel Cunningham ….read more

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